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U.N., Malawi Government, Partners Pledge To Help Those In Need Of Food Assistance

“With nearly one and a half million people in need of food assistance in Malawi, the United Nations, the government and other partners have launched a relief operation to meet growing needs owing to bad weather and high food prices,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “It is widely believed that…

IRIN Examines Controversy Over Definition Of Counterfeit Medicines

IRIN examines controversy over what should be defined as counterfeit drugs, writing, “There is no dispute over the dangers that fake medicines pose,” but “international agreement over how to deal with fake medicines has been elusive, with discussions getting bogged down over exactly what kinds of drugs should be targeted.”…

To End Hunger, Policies Need To Ensure More Inclusive Economic Growth

“Every year, we take a snapshot of world progress in the fight against chronic hunger. This year, the picture is looking better, but it’s still not good enough,” Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Vice President Kanayo Nwanze, and World…

Blog Examines ‘Roadmap For Childhood TB’

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog highlights the “Roadmap for Childhood Tuberculosis” — released Tuesday by the WHO, Stop TB Partnership, Treatment Action Group, UNICEF, CDC, USAID, and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease — noting the document “lists 10 steps to address the special…

International Cooperation Needed To Ensure Food Security

After “a sharp rise in maize prices, triggered by the worst drought in the last 50 years in the U.S. Midwest, [one year ago] sent shock waves through the international food markets raising fears that food prices would spiral out of control,” “[t]he outlook for international food markets finally looks…

Aid Agencies Must Do More To Address Girls’ Needs In Disaster Response, Report Says

A new report from Plan U.K., titled “In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls and Disasters,” “finds that during disasters and emergencies girls become even more vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation, early pregnancy, violence and disease, but that charities and NGOs aren’t meeting their needs, preferring a ‘one size fits all’…

UNESCO, Partners Release Report On Youth Health, Education In Eastern, Southern Africa

Last week, UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and other bilateral partners launched a report (.pdf) focused on youth in Eastern and Southern Africa, titled “Young People Today: Time for Action Now,” a UNESCO press release states. The report shows “adolescents and young people — especially young women — face a…